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Havoc, in its Third Year Paperback – 6 Jun 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747260346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747260349
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'As uncompromising as a biblical text, Bennett's drama captures life in the raw - both in the dock and the chamber. A modern parable in historic guise' Independent, 24/6/05 (Independent)

'Ronan Bennett's novel is a little gem, as perfectly constructed as it is forcefully delivered... The period detail is thrillingly good' Sunday Telegraph, 10/7/05 (Sunday Telegraph)

This is a gripping novel, its narrative staggered with betrayal and intrigue and suffused with the hot threat of violence. Bennett's prose is economical, powerful, and often poetic (The Times)

No one today writes with such sombre clarity of divided loyalties and shifting political allegiances... Bennett beautifully conjures a sense of holiness... he is marvellous, too, at drawing vivid images from common life... There isn't a bogus sentence in the book (Ian Thomson, Spectator)

Bennett's evocation of a corner of England on the edge of apocalypse is wonderfully done... the novel's language is flowing yet exact, marked with a wonderful strangeness (Kathryn Hughes, Guardian)

An accomplished and ambitious work of fiction... HAVOC is Bennett's best novel to date, and deserves a significant place in the modern canon (Observer)

[Bennett] is a supremely stylish writer... His characters rise empathetic and irresistible from the pages (Sunday Herald)

[His] writing is always profoundly informed by politics and belief... conjures up a bleak and brutal world, but sets against it delicate details of human feeling and perception... [Bennett] has a great deal to tell us, and he does it with skill, beauty and human sympathy (FT Magazine)

Superb... already long-listed for the Booker, HAVOC, IN ITS THIRD YEAR has the pedigree of a novel that can, and should, go further. It is a thrillingly satisfying piece of work (Sunday Telegraph)

Both an atmospheric thriller and a consternating study of the horrors of fundamentalism... grim, compelling and ultimately bracing reading (Irish Independent)

Fact and fiction are distilled into an enticing and highly effective union... ambitious, evocative, brave (Sunday Business Post)

Marvelously told, with memorable characters, powerful dialogue and description, and subtly drawn parallels to contemporary issues (Publishers Weekly)

Searingly powerful... a fable and parable for all times - and ours in particular... sublimely written (Stevie Davies, Independent)

'Bennett is a gifted writer with relentless fascination for misery' Independent on Sunday, 12/6/05 (Independent on Sunday)

A masterful piece of storytelling... a tightly woven social history that engages until the last page (Bookseller)

Bennett... makes economical use of action to support the brooding unmasking of a soul (Irish Times)

'Ronan Bennett's most accomplished and compelling novel to date' Observer, 16/6/05 ( Observer)

'This powerful historical novel resounds with contemporary significance' Telegraph, 11/6/05 (Telegraph,)

Ronan Bennett's excellent new novel... has the force of a parable... Swap the black suits for grey ones and the characters could have walked out of Bush's America (George Monbiot, Guardian, 9/11/04)

'Both a political allegory and an independent work of art' The Times Book Review 4/6/05 (The Times Book Review)

'Powerful, atmospheric...particularly strong on evoking physical intimacy' Guardian, 16/6/05 (Guardian)

'Bennett's compelling story of an honourable man forced to choose between personal and public duty works both as historical fiction and as a subtle, oblique parable for our own times' The Sunday Times, 24/7/05 (The Sunday Times)

'This powerful historical novel resounds with contemporary significance' Telegraph, 11/6/05 (Telegraph)

'Gripping and very moving' (New Statesman)

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A stunning historical novel of imaginative power and vision, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2004

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